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During the Styx concert [“The Best of Times with Styx and Central’s Most Explosive Concert,” Winter 2020 issue], Bob Monroe ’76 and I ran the spotlights from the Douwstra balcony. The band’s sound man called the lighting instructions through headphones.
But the show was so loud that Bob and I couldn’t hear him, so we were on our own. Between songs he screamed at us using all kinds of colorful language that we weren’t qualified. We told him that unless he moved to another spot (he was parked in front of the speakers) we wouldn’t be able to hear him. He refused to move so Bob trained his spot to one side of the stage and I to the other. We wished the sound man good luck, took off our headsets and went down to the main floor to watch the rest of the show.
The band played on, the windows broke, the audience enjoyed the show and the rest is history. I don’t recall having any input in selecting Styx, but if the story is still floating around 40 years later, it must have been the right choice.
— Ron Humeston ’76, Pella, Iowa
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